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Peter the Venerable’s tips for managers

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In his general audience yesterday, Pope Benedict spoke about Peter the Venerable. He said the Abbot of Cluny’s life contained lessons for Christians of today and shared what nowadays would be described as the abbot’s management techniques.

He said:

We could say that this holy abbot is an example also for the monks and Christians of our time, marked by a frenetic rhythm of life, where incidents of intolerance and lack of communication, division and conflicts are not rare. His witness invites us to be able to combine love of God with love of neighbour, and never tire of renewing relations of fraternity and reconciliation.

In this way, in fact, Peter the Venerable behaved, finding himself guiding the monastery of Cluny in years that were not very tranquil for several external and internal reasons, succeeding in being simultaneously severe and gifted with profound humanity. He used to say: ‘You will be able to obtain more from a man by tolerating him, than by irritating him with complaints.’

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Written by Luke Coppen

October 15, 2009 at 8:32 am

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